Implementation Teams

As envisioned in the Conservation Plan, implementation of on-the-ground restoration efforts requires coordination at the state and local levels across agencies and across all lands. So far, implementation teams and other collaborative efforts have formed in 13 locations across 9 states, as shown by the map below. The implementation teams are taking on tasks including:

Implementation Teams


Todd Edgerton VA Department of Forestry
Brian Van Eerden The Nature Conservancy

North Carolina

North Carolina Longleaf Coalition (State Coordination Team)
Susan Miller U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (910) 695-3323
North Carolina Sandhills Conservation Partnership
Susan Miller U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (910) 695-3323
Ryan Elting The Nature Conservancy of NC (910) 246-0300
Onslow Bight Conservation Forum
Hervey McIver The Nature Conservancy of NC (919) 794-4396
Kimberly Fleming Marine Corps Installations East (910) 451-6046
Cape Fear Arch Conservation Collaboration
Dan Ryan The Nature Conservancy (910) 395-5000
John Carpenter North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (910) 742-7231

South Carolina

South Carolina State Coordination Team
Russell Hubright South Carolina Forestry Commission (803) 896-8823
Sandhills Longleaf Pine Conservation Partnership
Allyne (Lyne) Askins U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, Sandhills NWR
Billy Harris U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, Sandhills NWR (843) 727-4707
Sewee Longleaf Conservation Cooperative
Colette Degarady The Nature Conservancy (843) 937-8807 Ext. 15


Georgia State Coordination
Reggie Thackston Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division (478) 994-7583
Scott Griffin Georgia Forestry Commission (770) 530-3929
Chattahoochee Fall Line Conservation Partnership
Michele Elmore The Nature Conservancy
Fort Stewart/Altamaha Partnership
Matt Elliott Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division (770) 918-6411


Osceola National Forest/ Okefenokee NWR
Andrew Schock The Conservation Fund
Carl Petrick USDA Forest Service, National Forests in Florida (850) 523-8509
Ivan Green USDA Forest Service , Osceola NF (386) 752-2577
Apalachicola Regional Stewardship Alliance, Longleaf Subcommittee
Joe Reinman U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, St. Marks NWR
Marcus Beard USDA Forest Service, Apalachicola NF (850) 926-3561
Kevin McIntyre Jones Ecological Research Center (229) 734-4706


Florida State Coordination
Bonnie Stine Florida Forest Service (850) 414-9912
Ocala Longleaf Pine Local Implementation Team
Cheryl Millett The Nature Conservancy (863) 604-3352


Gulf Coastal Plain Ecosystem Partnership (GCPEP)
Vernon Compton Longleaf Alliance (850) 623-0987


Alabama Longleaf Ecosystem Restoration Team (State Coordination Team)
Tim Albritton USDA-NRCS, AL (334) 887-456
Ad Platt Longleaf Alliance (850) 982-8480
Mountain Longleaf Local Implementation Team
Keith Tassin The Nature Conservancy
Brent Shaver The Nature Conservancy
Karen McKenzie USDA Forest Service (770) 297-3061
East Gulf Coastal Plain Joint Venture
Catherine Rideout U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (334) 844-9219


Mississippi Longleaf Coordination Team (State Coordination Team)
Jim Hancock Mississippi Forestry Commission (601) 359-2812
Desoto-Camp Shelby Longleaf Implementation Team
Becky Stowe The Nature Conservancy of MS (228) 219-4580
Lisa Yager USDA Forest Service, Desoto NF (601) 716-6745


Texas-Louisiana Longleaf Pine Taskforce (State Coordination Team)
Kent Evans Texas Co-chair (979) 308-1600
Rick Jacob Louisiana Co-Chair, The Nature Conservancy (337) 480-9393
Luke Lewis National Wild Turkey Federation (318) 777-3613


West-Central Lousiana Ecosystem Partnership
Rick Jacob The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana (337) 480-9393